Thursday, February 17, 2011

Creamy Cheesy Spinach

Ready for the oven
I made beef tenderloin for our Valentine's Day dinner and wanted a side that would be reminiscent of steak house dinners, so I decided on creamed spinach with a twist...adding cheese and then baking the casserole. I really like to prep food early in the day and then finish it off just before serving.  This dish fit the category.

1 Tbl olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 lb fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup half and half
3 Tbl mascarpone or cream cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese
salt and pepper to taste
panko or fresh bread crumbs for topping (optional)

Saute the garlic in the olive oil for about 30 seconds.  Start adding the spinach by handfuls until all are in the pan and wilted. Add the half and half and mascarpone or cream cheese and continue to cook, stirring until incorporated.  Stir in the parmesan or asiago.  Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Place the mixture in a small casserole dish, top with crumbs if using, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.

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